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Judge Orders Woman's Embryos With Ex Must Be 'Thawed, Discarded'

Landmark ruling says woman, 46, can't force ex-husband into fatherhood

(Newser) - The frozen embryos that a 46-year-old woman says are her only chance to have children must be destroyed because of a contract she signed years ago, a San Francisco judge has decided. Mimi Lee and then-husband Stephen Findley froze five embryos after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010.... More »

This Might Be Key Ingredient to a Happy Marriage

Gratitude can disrupt the common demand-withdraw cycle in relationships

(Newser) - The key to a happy and lasting marriage might be as simple as regularly expressing gratitude. So report researchers from the University of Georgia in a new study published in the journal Personal Relationships . After interviewing 468 married individuals on relationship satisfaction, covering everything from communication habits to finances, they... More »

Khloe, Lamar: Nevermind on That Divorce

Kardashian, Odom call off divorce

(Newser) - You may have seen this one coming: Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom have called off their divorce. Kardashian, who's been by Odom's side since he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel, sent her lawyer before a judge Wednesday, TMZ reports. The lawyer, armed with a document signed... More »

Glenn Close's Marriage Over After 9 Years

Her split with her entrepreneur husband was reportedly amicable

(Newser) - Actress Glenn Close divorced her entrepreneur husband, David Shaw, after nine years of marriage. The Portland Press Herald reports that divorce filings in Maine's Cumberland County cite "irreconcilable marital difference" as the reason for the split, which became official Aug. 18. A spokesperson for Close described the divorce... More »

Judge Won't Divorce Couple Because of Gay Marriage

He says since Supreme Court redefined marriage it now has to define divorce

(Newser) - Two Tennessee residents are being forced to stay married by a judge with an apparent bone to pick over the US Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. The couple filed for divorce in 2014, and last week Judge Jeffrey Atherton refused to grant... More »

Couple's Smiling 'Divorce Selfie' Goes Viral

The reason why is quite touching

(Newser) - Selfies are taken pretty much anywhere these days, and yet the one Chris and Shannon Neuman took last Wednesday actually manages to surprise. It shows the grinning Canadian couple outside Calgary Courts Centre in downtown Calgary, their smiles big enough that their mouths are both agape. What's the seemingly... More »

US Catholics Clash With Vatican Over These 5 'Sins'

Divorce, non-traditional families among them

(Newser) - American Catholics may be fans of Pope Francis—but not necessarily the ideas he represents as head of the Catholic Church. A new Pew Research Center poll of 5,122 adults shows Americans who identify as Catholic are much more accepting and have a very different view on what constitutes... More »

Oddly, Women Are More Likely to End a Marriage

Study shows the same thing doesn't hold for dating relationships

(Newser) - Women are more likely than men to end a marriage—that's something that's already been established. But a new study casts that fact in a rather odd light. Researchers had thought that was the case with divorce because that's the case in general. Not so. "The... More »

Pope Francis: Hey, Ease Up on Remarried Catholics

They should be welcomed by the Catholic Church, he says

(Newser) - A Catholic's second marriage after divorce isn't exactly celebrated by the Vatican. But hey, the Catholic Church isn't going to excommunicate you should you choose to tie the knot a second time. That's the word from Pope Francis himself, who spoke about family values during a... More »

3 Times Ben, Jen Got TMI on Marriage

They kinda made it seem like a drag

(Newser) - So we've collectively gone through the denial stage and skipped right to acceptance on the Jennifer Garner-Ben Affleck divorce news . But maybe we should've seen it coming, based on some of the statements they made about their union during their 10-year marriage. ETOnline.com has compiled some of... More »

Jilted Husband Cuts Possessions in Half

Unless it's a hoax, but the video is still kind of remarkable

(Newser) - There's not taking the breakup well, and there's this. A man in Germany who has split with his wife sawed their possessions in half and is now selling them on eBay , reports the Local . He even documented the actual sawing in a YouTube video that has more than... More »

Texas Allows Gay Divorce, Still Outlaws Gay Marriage

Governor calls the court ruling wrong

(Newser) - The Texas Supreme Court upheld the Austin divorce of a same-sex couple today, turning away Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and arguments that the state can't dissolve a marriage it didn't recognize in the first place. The court, which is entirely stocked with elected Republicans, ruled in a 5-3... More »

WNBA Marriage Gets Nasty, Implodes After 28 Days

Brittney Griner files for annulment against Glory Johnson

(Newser) - This looks messy: WNBA players Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson seem headed for a breakup just 28 days into their budding marriage, People reports. The move comes right after Johnson announced her pregnancy, and six weeks after the 24-year-olds were arrested and got league suspensions for getting in a fight... More »

5 Odd Things That Raise Your Chances of Divorce

Including your commute time

(Newser) - A cheating spouse is one obvious reason for divorce, but Prevention rounds up several other weird factors, for reasons that aren't always clear. A sampling:
  • Long commute: When one or more spouse travels 45 minutes or more each way, the rate of divorce ticks up.
  • Peer pressure: People are
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Ex-Wife Loses Appeal in $1B Divorce

Sue Ann Hamm cashed $974M check, court notes

(Newser) - In a sign that the "billion dollar divorce" saga might actually be over before the only billionaires involved are lawyers, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled against Sue Ann Hamm, the ex-wife of oil tycoon Harold Hamm. In a 7-2 decision, the court decided that since Sue Ann Hamm... More »

Judge: Go Ahead, Serve Divorce Papers on Facebook

Woman can't find husband, so she's allowed to send summons via social media

(Newser) - A judge has given a New York City woman permission to file for divorce from her elusive husband via Facebook. Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku will be served with the divorce summons via a private Facebook message, New York Daily News , which will be repeated once a week for three consecutive weeks... More »

Robin Thicke's Divorce (Almost) Final

Judge grants divorce to him and Paula Patton

(Newser) - Paula Patton and Robin Thicke are another step closer to divorce. The actress was granted a divorce Tuesday from the "Blurred Lines" singer in Los Angeles. Their legal split will go into effect April 14. The 39-year-old actress and 38-year-old singer, who have a 4-year-old son, announced they were... More »

Billionaire's Divorce Details: $82K on Groceries

Ken Griffin says wife Anne Dias wants $24K a year for stationery

(Newser) - Chicago hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin and his money manager wife are embroiled in a contentious divorce, and the couple's battles over money had CNBC last month asking, "How can three kids under age 10 cost $1 million a month?" That after court papers indicated Anne Dias Griffin... More »

$975M Check Not Enough to End Divorce Fight

Sue Ann Arnall vows to keep fighting ex Harold Hamm

(Newser) - First Sue Ann Arnall seemed to reject a check for $974,790,317.77 from ex-husband Harold Hamm, because she said she was due more in her divorce settlement from the oil magnate. Then she cashed the check , and the world wondered whether that meant the epic divorce battle was... More »

Billionaire's Ex Rejects Check for Nearly $1B

Because Sue Ann Arnall says oil tycoon Harold Hamm owes her even more

(Newser) - If nothing else, the not-so-amicable divorce negotiations between oil tycoon Harold Hamm and ex-wife Sue Ann Arnall have produced one of the most remarkable checks you'll ever see. On Jan. 5, the CEO of Continental Resources wrote one out to Arnall for $974,790,317.77, reports CNNMoney . Arnall,... More »

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